In Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, if you want to get stronger, you’ll need to keep on grinding for that much-coveted XP and level up as fast as you can. In this guide, we will be focusing on all the different ways, you can begin your Pokemon BDSP EXP Farming
Pokemon BDSP EXP Farming Tips
At the onset of Pokemon BDSP, the starter Pokemon, that you own, are all at Level 5. As the game progresses, it gets more difficult, and hence to cope with the increasing level of difficulty, you’ll be needing powerful Pokemon at your disposal.
How to Level up Fast in Pokemon BDSP
Our guide below will walk you through all the ways of EXP farming in Pokemon BDSP. So, let’s get straight into it!
Defeat Wild Pokemon
The most common method of leveling up is battling anything that moves in the wilderness.
A bit excessive but it works! Battle wild Pokemon and gain EXP points. That being said, try picking a fight with higher leveled Pokemon in new routes.
It won’t take you time to out-level them in a short amount of time. After that just move on till you find a new route with stronger Pokemon!
Defeat Pokemon in Hideaways
Talking about level scaling, Pokemon in Hideaways are perfect opponents. These wild Pokemon will usually match your party’s level or are higher level than them.
Also, since you can visually spot these Pokemon roaming about, you can easily pick and choose your preferred opponent. Note that evolved Pokemon usually give you higher EXP than their pre-evolved forms.
Keep Cheryl in Your Party for As Long As Possible
This method of EXP farming is applicable to early game ventures. After you defeat the first gym leader and make your way to the next city, you’ll run into a forest.
In the forest, you’ll encounter Cheryl, who will join your party. While she’s in your party, you’ll be fighting two enemies, instead of one, meaning that you will be getting double the amount of EXP from a single battle.
Also, the best part is that she’s going to heal up your party members 100% after every battle. As a result, you won’t have to use any items or go back to a shop.
Cheryl will stay at your party as long as you want but you’d want to stay far away from the top right corner of the map since if you get too close to the exit, she’ll leave your party.
Utilize the Lucky Egg Item
Lucky Egg is an item, that gives players more XP than usual, at the end of a battle. There are two ways you can acquire this item:
- Use Thief to steal it from Chansey
- Or, if you don’t have Thief, simply capture Chansey
Note that if you choose to resort to the second method, there’ll be a chance of Chansey holding a Lucky Egg. This Lucky Egg can, in turn, be equipped to the other party members.
Keep in mind Chansey can appear in the Trophy Garden at the Pokemon Mansion and she also spawns in Route 209 and Route 210.
Whichever Pokemon you want to level up, just make sure to equip Lucky Egg on it.
Team up with Riley in Iron Islands for EXP
Similar to battling alongside Cheryl, you can team up with Riley. Battle through the Wild Pokemon and trainers scattered around in the Iron Islands.
You are able to meet him after you speak to the Sailor at the Canalave City Dock. This Sailor will take you to the Iron Islands where you will see him near the Team Galactic Grunts.
Defeat them and team up with Riley after that. With him you will be able to encounter two wild Pokemon thus the EXP gained will be doubled as well.
Also, you don’t have to worry about restoring your Pokemon’s health since Riley will automatically heal them.
Use Rare Candies on Pokemon
Rare Candies are an anomaly that, when used, raise your Pokemon’s level by 1. It feels like cheating but due to this item’s rarity, you won’t be able to use it excessively.
Save this item for later especially for the Pokemon League. Cynthia’s Party is above level 60 so if you need that boost, use the Rare Candies that you have saved.
It’s a good backup plan when you are too lazy to roam around and battle wild Pokemon.
Utilize the VS. Seeker Item
VS. Seeker is an item that allows you to rechallenge all the trainers you have already fought.
In the rematches, those trainers will have much stronger teams and the battles against them would earn you more XP than wild battles. This item gets recharged after 100 steps.
Pokemon BDSP Best Places to Level Up Fast
You can go to particular locations on the map to battle Pokemon and grind for a lot more EXP and levels for your Pokemon compared to what you would have gotten by battling Pokemon out in the wilds randomly.
Some of the best places and EXP grinding spots in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl that offer Pokemon with higher EXP are mentioned below:
- Route 209 / 2010
- Fountainspring Cave
- Glacial Cavern
- Bigbluff Cavern
Best Pokemon to Farm for EXP in Pokemon BDSP
Another excellent way to Farm for EXP is to target specific Pokemon who offer more EXP rewards. Doing so will save you a lot of time and instead of battling random Pokemon in the wild, you can go to specific hideouts and battle these Pokemon.
Here are a few Pokemon that offer excellent EXP whenever you battle them:
- Chansey (Found on Route 209 / 2010)
- Gastrodon (Found in the Fountainspring Cave)
- Quagsire (Found in the Fountainspring Cave)
- Gabite (Found in the Fountainspring Cave)
- Walrein (Found in the Glacial Cavern)
- Sealeo (Found in the Glacial Cavern)
- Lairon (Found in the Glacial Cavern)
- Pupitar (Found in the Bigbluff Cavern)
- Sandslash (Found in the Bigbluff Cavern)
How to Use Chansey to Level Up Quickly in Pokemon BDSP
Due to its hefty HP, Chansey will reward you with loads of XP if you can defeat it and that is why we suggest that you specifically grind for Chansey to collect XP at a much faster pace.
Chansey is a very rare Pokemon to encounter and spawn on Route 209 or the southern side of Route 210. In order to grind for EXP and level up fast, you need to keep battling and winning against Chansey and you will soon amass a decent amount of EXP.
Defeating Chansey is very easy as she lacks any prominent offensive abilities and is very Weak against Fighting-type Pokemon.
You could keep rematching against Ariana the Ace Trainer as well because she has a very high-level Chansey in her roster as well as a Rapidash and an Ambipom.